1. Soffit Accent
This simple system created a nice accent light above the soffit in the living room using a plug in power supply and a custom 24V flex strip.
Measure available space for flex:
To build this set up, you will need to first measure out the entire length of the area where the flex strip will be mounted. Once you have the full measurement you will need t subtract 3” in order to make room for the cable connectors on each side.
Mounting the flex strips:
With this project there is only one way the flex strip could be mounted, which is on the soffit facing straight up towards the ceiling. The only thing to decide on is how far away from the wall/windows you would like to place the strip. This is where preference of the installer comes to play because some people prefer to mount it about 2” from the wall while others prefer to place it more in the middle of the soffit. A good way to decide on which mounting option you prefer is to use painters tape to hold the flex in place so you can see how the lights will look when installed. Once the mounting option has been decided you will want to clean the area where you plan on placing the flex with isopropyl alcohol to remove any dust or dirt.
After knowing where and how the lights will be mounted, it is a good idea to figure out where the power supply will be mounted so that you’ll know how to run the cables. In this job, the power supply plugs into a switched outlet that was installed on top of the soffit. Since the power supply plugs straight into the flex strip, there is no need for any other cables, however the distance from the outlet to the flex strip should be double checked. The 24V power supply used in this job has a cable on either side of it that reaches a total of 8’.